Amanda Ratcliffe - AKA amandashootsbands is a New Zealand based photographer specialising in shooting all things music related. With nine years experience in the industry she has, and continues to work with a number of creatives - from the artists themselves, through to top NZ publications. Her work has featured in the likes of Rip it Up magazine, NZ Listener and Red Bulletin; and appears monthly on various websites around the world. shootsbands’ expertise and experience is wide ranging - from capturing intimate behind the scenes moments through to live concerts, and everything in between. Previous shoots have included The Rolling Stones, Jake Bugg, The Kooks, The Stone Roses, Gin Wigmore, Shihad and Liam Finn to name but a few. Amanda believes in working with others who are equally as passionate about creating classic and timeless images to outlast our ever-changing digital world.

Available For

While specialising in the following areas, Amanda is happy to consider any project you may have.

Live and Events
Photography of local and international shows, through to festivals, larger scale concerts and awards ceremonies for artists, organisers or publications.
Capturing the more intimate moments in music including set-up, sound check, pre and post show, along with writing sessions and recording in studio.
Stock Photos
A selection of images are available for use online, print publication or for album and vinyl artwork. Get in touch via the contact page below.


Take a stroll around the gallery, featuring delicately curated collections of Amanda's favourite images.


Tour Diary

Slide into a pocket of thoughts, ideas and memories with amandashootsbands.

Layers on Layers: Street Art

Street art is something I’ve admired for years – even longer than music photography.  I used to buy the books, make special trips to the local train tracks to see what was new, and of course photograph it.  At one point I was even making my own stencils and stickers! I’d have to say an […]

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Collab Time: SongHubs AKL

This year’s SongHubs in Auckland was just the thing I needed to get the year off to a fabulous start. An incredible bunch of musicians, songwriters, producers and organizers all under one roof – this is my kinda’ scene! After shooting the event in 2016, I was ecstatic to be back for another concentrated dose […]

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Round Up: 2016 Edition

A few favourite niblets from 2016. Roundup is something you spray on weeds. An uninteresting fact for an interesting year…And that’s all I need to say about that. So let’s go ahead and take a look at my top five favourite moments from the year that was! How I’m not still in radio, I have […]

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